SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme is an interdisciplinary degree which explores the history, culture, politics, language and music of Israel. The programme covers the political thought of Vladimir Jabotinsky; Christian Zionism; the poetry of Yehuda Amichai; the rise of Palestinian nationalism; the struggle of Soviet Jews for emigration; the writings of Mendele Moykher'Sforim; the music of the hasidim; Palestinian Islamism; the teachings of the Rambam and the Ramban.

Course Modules

Zionist ideology; Israel, the Arab world and the Palestinians; modern Israel through its culture; a historical approach to Israeli literature; religion, nationhood and ethnicity in Judaism; the holocaust in theology, literature and art; family, work, and leisure in ancient Judaism; Judaism and gender; elementary Hebrew; intermediate Hebrew; advanced Hebrew; Arabic language courses (Master's); African and Asian diasporas in the contemporary world; social and political dimensions of modern Arabic literature; end of empire in the Middle East and the Balkans; modern Palestinian literature.

Course Additional Entry

The usual qualification for entry is a good 1st degree in a relevant field; however, the School is keen to offer the course to those with a real passion for the subject, who wish to develop a strong interest within an academic framework.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate)
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)